Changing and Conflicting Priorities


Choosing Priorities

One of the toughest parts of being a leader is deciding what to say YES to and what to say NO to …so that your team can actually accomplish the most important work instead of drowning in activity. Read More

More Reasons to Turn Your Camera On


My recent blog post, Get Over It. Turn Your Camera On drew so much feedback and so many comments that I wanted to take an opportunity to follow up.

The world seems to be split into two groups on this:

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Get over it. Turn your camera on.


The Dreaded “Video Phone”

If you did not grow up with a camera phone, you probably remember the days of thinking about the absolute horror of a video phone.

“Can you imagine that if when people called you at home, they could see what you look like? Read More

The Difference Between Bad Managers and Good Managers

The Business Value of Good Managers

If you want to positively impact the bottom line in your business, there is one thing that will make a bigger difference than almost anything else: Insist that all of your managers are good managers. Read More

Eliminating the Distance in Virtual Teams


Don’t Give up on Presence

Don’t give up on Presence

As I discussed in the video above, as leaders we need to always be thinking about how to engage and motivate our teams.

And the idea I want to talk about today is an important one because so many of us operate in geographically dispersed teams…

Just because you can’t be in the same room, doesn’t mean you can’t be present.

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Why Succession Planning Doesn’t Work

Successful Succession

I’m a huge believer in succession planning. But so often, it doesn’t work.

Even when a company talks about succession planning, when there is a big job to be filled, the company goes outside.

I find it interesting is that many companies do one of two extremes when it comes to succession planning:

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4 Steps to a High Performing Team


High Performance

This idea of Leading a High Performing Team is one of those things that sounds good on the surface…but what does it really mean in a practical sense?

Think about this in your world. What does it mean to you? Read More

Collectively Admiring the Problem


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Talk vs. Action

There is a specific and unfortunately common type of corporate behavior where people substitute sounding smart in a meeting for actually contributing work.

People will come to meetings with lots of insight and data – and good intentions. Read More

Leading Virtual and Remote Teams



This month’s Professional Development webinar was on the topic of Leading Virtual Teams.

If you missed it you can download the recording.

Members of Azzarello group can download this webinar for free.

Virtual and Remote Teams

How to show up when you can’t be there

Learn how to exert your presence, build your brand, and influence others, whether or not you are there! Read More

Reclaiming Humanity at Work: It's here!


I’m happy to announce that my TEDx talk can now be viewed online!

“Who are your enemies?”

I have been asked that interview question for my whole life as I was growing my career.

I am recalling being in my twenties, sitting across the table from a grizzly and embittered executive who would ask me, “Who are your enemies?”

When I would fail to produce a list of enemies, the interviewer would look at me with disdain, like I was the most irrelevant person on the planet, implying, “How can you claim to be competent if you haven’t made powerful enemies?”

That scene seems so ridiculous to me now. Read More

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